it was a revolutionary struggle. and nelson mandela as other people have said was seen as almost too accommodating when he came out. but he did allow that country to reconcile. there was no other person that could have brought it together the way he did. >> the news coming just over an hour ago that nelson mandela has died at the age of 95. and just within the last half hour, president obama came out and talked about this world leader, this transformer, this human being, what he meant to america, what he meant to the world, what he meant to south africa, the impact he had and his legacy. >> we've lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. >> guided by the hopes, not fears is also how the president described nelson mandela.